Originally Posted by exlude
You sure do seem to be getting more and more hostile lately. Making me reconsider how I should address you. I'm trying to be amiable thus far.
I'm athiest and I celebrate Christmas. It has about as much meaning to me as New Years, which I also celebrate. They are both man made constructs in my eyes after all (god, years). It's just tradition, and a damn good excuse to party.
I don't think it is that there is more hostility, if you pay attention to who I am addressing, you will see that I meet the tone of the question or comment. I surely have not been hostile to you, throughout our discussions, even gave you a compliment in another thread. See, what bothers me is when people come in here (this forum) and make one comment and then leave....just to "get at the Christians"..for one, this is juvenile, and two, one cannot respond because it is usually a stupid comment. It is not like the discussions that you and I engage in for instance. So if I come across that way, it is unintended. But there you go, thats the reason....
Now to address an earlier question:
No, setting up a tree, even though it has pagan roots, is not bad. As long as the intention is right. An idol by definition is thus:
a. An image used as an object of worship.
b. A false god.
2. One that is adored, often blindly or excessively.
3. Something visible but without substance.
None of these apply. The tree is simply like a gift. It is not worshiped, because I can't wait to put it away each year (one of those pre lit nightmares)
It is obviously not a god of any kind...if it were I would be tempted to pray to it for a new Vortech, which I know would be as close as I would get to getting one.
We don't adore it in any way, it just looks nice from outside with the windows open.
The last one is tricky....it is visible , but HAS substance. We put ornaments that reflect our family and things we have done/accomplished together. So in that regard, it has much substance...
Anyway, there it is....